Leeds University graduate Giles Metcalfe landed a job with Legal & General after walking around in London with a placard around his neck saying: "Leeds graduate looking for job in financial services".


The 23 year-old, who studied European Politics at Leeds, made himself stand out in a market where over 50 applicants fight it out for every graduate position.

Now an Investment Communications Executive at Legal & General Investments in London Giles said: "In a tough employment environment, and following various unsuccessful online job applications, I knew I had to do something to make myself stand out in a crowd. The stunt at Liverpool Street Station in June proved fruitful thanks to handing out over 80 copies of my CV and speaking to loads of people. I was invited to interview with a number of companies, and took the job at Legal & General Investments as their professionalism, brand and the role they offered fitted perfectly with my ambition.”

Flora Lowther at the Job Search Engine Adzuna.co.uk said: “There are 21,748 graduate jobs currently available in the UK, but hundreds of thousands of graduates are fighting it out for these positions. This means over 50 applicants per graduate position across the board, rising to over 100 in sectors such as Finance, Healthcare and Law.  Graduates seeking roles in Finance have to fight it out with 118 other applicants, making Giles’ accomplishment even more impressive.”

Simon Ellis, Managing Director at Investments at Legal & General Investments said: ”Giles’s stunt was how he came to our attention as one of our employees saw him and took a copy of his CV. We had a position that we believed he would be suitable for and were impressed by his initiative and somewhat unique way of making himself visible, so we felt we should invite him to an interview. Giles had to undergo the normal interview panel process and online testing which he was successful in, landing him employment within Legal & General Investments.”

Recent data from Azduna suggests that graduates looking for work in London and the South of England are the most competitive where average salaries are up to £5,000 higher than in the North of England.

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